A few weeks ago, the 2021 Volkswagen Multivan Kombi made its arrival in the Philippine market. Today marks the day that you can avail this premium van at your local Volkswagen dealer. Combatting the likes of the Toyota Alphard, how does the Multivan Kombi set itself apart?
From the outside, the Multivan Kombi has a more boxy and traditional design than its Japanese rival. Still, it is a properly modern and high-tech exterior, with its full LED lighting all around the vehicle, as well as the exquisite build quality you expect from a German car. Oh, and this is indeed made in Germany as well. In addition, the Multivan gets a powered tailgate and dual sliding doors.
It’s in the interior where the Volkswagen Multivan Kombi stands out. While the Alphard has second-row-powered captain’s chairs with ottomans, the ones in the Multivan can swivel and face rearward. Combined with the sliding table and center console, and you’ve got a van that’s perfect for family road trips and business meetings. The one driving the Multivan isn’t shortchanged in features either as this van gets Volkswagen’s Active Driving Display fully digital gauge cluster and an 8-inch Discover Media infotainment system with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay. There’s also a three-zone climate control, while the interior is wrapped in plush Nappa Leather.
As for the driving experience, the Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 150 hp and 340 Nm of torque. This is then mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission powering the front wheels.
Its efficient and torquey diesel engine isn’t its only trick up in its sleeve. Since the model that’s being offered to us is called the Highline variant overseas, our Multivan Kombi gets Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control, along with a one-of-a-kind Crosswind Assist feature of the electronic stability control that automatically applies gentle, course-corrective braking whenever strong crosswinds are encountered and the van is running above 80 kph.
In terms of safety, the 2021 Volkswagen Multivan Kombi gets 6 airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, reverse camera, and a Park Assist self-parking feature. Unfortunately, the Multivan misses out on any form of advanced driver-assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, just to name a few. The Toyota Alphard, on the other hand, now comes with Toyota Safety Sense.
The 2021 Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is now on sale in the Philippines with a price tag of P3,595,000 for the single-tone color variants and P3,640,000 for the two-tone variants. Three colors are only available at dealers for now, though 12 other colors as highlighted above are also available upon request. Despite the absence of any free trade agreements with the European Union, we do think that the Multivan Kombi is well-priced, considering that the Japanese-made Alphard is about P400,000 more.
All Multivans come with a 2-year warranty coverage, 2-year spare parts warranty, and 12-year no-through corrosion—all with unlimited mileage. Its once-a-year visit for maintenance translates to less time spent for the vehicle to be serviced at the dealership. What’s more, Volkswagen dealers guarantee at least a 3-month stock availability on fast-moving parts, either for general repair or for collision parts. These dealerships have you covered even outside their premises, as they offer free 24/7 emergency roadside assistance. All of these according to Volkswagen results in 22 percent lower ownership costs compared to other top-tier premium vans.